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  • Published: 13 November 2017
  • ISBN: 9781785035623
  • Imprint: Del Rey
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 416
  • RRP: $26.00

The One

The unputdownable psychological thriller

A unique and heart-stopping psychological thriller perfect for fans of Michelle Richmond's The Marriage Pact and Shari Lapena's The Couple Next Door

Soon to be a major Netflix Original series and perfect for fans of Caroline Kepnes's You.
A no 1 EBook bestseller and featured on Simon Mayo's Radio 2 book club. Perfect for fans of TM Logan's Lies and C.L. Taylor's The Fear.

One simple mouth swab is all it takes. A quick DNA test to find your perfect partner – the one you’re genetically made for.

A decade after scientists discover everyone has a gene they share with just one other person, millions have taken the test, desperate to find true love. Now, five more people meet their Match. But even soul mates have secrets. And some are more shocking – and deadlier – than others...


With over 600 5* reviews, this is what real readers are saying about this addictive, page-turning thriller:

'I just couldn't stop reading'

'Brilliant twists that I didn't see coming'

'One of the most gripping stories I've read for a long while'

'I was hooked and didn't want it to end'

(Note: Previously published as A Thousand Small Explosions)

  • Published: 13 November 2017
  • ISBN: 9781785035623
  • Imprint: Del Rey
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 416
  • RRP: $26.00

About the author

John Marrs

John Marrs is a former journalist from Northamptonshire, England, who spent 25 years interviewing celebrities from the world of television, film and music for national newspapers and magazines.

He wrote for publications including The Guardian’s Guide and Guardian Online; OK! Magazine; Total Film; Empire; Q; GT; The Independent; Star; Reveal; Company; Daily Star and News of the World’s Sunday Magazine.

He recently gave up his job to write novels full time. His first car at the age of seventeen was a three-door, Ford Escort with a Batman sticker in the rear windscreen. He thought the sticker was cool at the time.

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Praise for The One

Really clever concept and some great characters and twists. It's a real joy to read something totally original, smart and thought provoking.

Peter James

Gripping from the start and full of surprises, this kept us up long after lights out

Isabelle Broom, Heat

wonderful concept, ridiculously entertaining ... an absolute pleasure, the malevolence and impishness of a young Roald Dahl

T. A Cotterell, author of What Alice Knew

fantastic ... I can't remember the last time I was simultaneously this entertained and this disturbed. The One is a clever story with great pacing but it's the characters that make this a standout thriller.

Hollie Overton,, Sunday Times bestselling author of Baby Doll

This will have you gripped

Woman’s Own

Brilliantly inventive thriller, The One is a must-read for anyone who’s ever braved the dating pool

Good Housekeeping

Engaging concept, craftily executed

Adrian J Walker,, bestselling author of The End of the World Running Club

Exciting, addictive, and enticing, The One is superbly plotted ... thrilling and intoxicating

Becca's Books

a compelling read ... intriguing ideas


This psychological thriller is a real page-turner

Fabulous (The Sun)

[An] exciting new psychological thriller with a dark twist

TV Life (Star on Sunday)

The One is a unique, unpredictable and fast-paced novel that’s in equal parts unsettling and exciting ... If you’re fed-up with the samey psychological thrillers that are churned out each month, The One will restore your faith in the genre.


A fascinating thriller … A furiously paced, compelling and hugely entertaining novel which comes recommended


Really clever concept and some great characters and twists. It's a real joy to read something totally original, smart and thought-provoking.

Peter James

a high octane read that will satisfy a wide variety of crime fans ... a page turner – deliciously dark, thought-provoking and hugely enjoyable

Paul Burston

Hugely entertaining and hugely enjoyable. This is one to watch in 2017.

Claire Allan

This smart story (that has a serial killer thrown in) proves that even with science behind it, the course of true love never runs smooth

Sunday Mirror

Unlike any other psychological thriller … Like a lengthy episode of the dark TV series Black Mirror … so expertly written it gets you thinking that it could happen in real life

Peterborough Telegraph

The One is my kind of book, one that stimulates the mind while warming the heart ... Gorgeously written, and pulsing with heart

Louise Beech,, author of The Mountain in My Shoe

The One is one of a kind – and singularly good.

Barbara Copperthwaite

A fresh, compelling, psychological thriller that will keep you guessing!

Mandy Baggot

insanely brilliant

Gillian McAllister

pacy, thrilling and very original. The plot is fabulous

Askews Newsletter

A page-turning psychological thriller with a difference, this is guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat.

Irish Examiner

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